Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is native to South Africa and is presently cultivated in Europe, Central America, Egypt, Japan and the Congo.
Geranium oil is extracted from the plant with the botanical name Pelargonium graveolens.
There are also other species of geranium which yield essential oils.
Geranium oil has been used as far back in history as ancient Egypt.
They used geranium oil against tumors.
What does geranium essential oil smell like?
Rosy with an earthy, smooth and dry aroma with a hint of citrus flavours.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
The flowers and leaves.
What has geranium essential oil been sourced from?
This particular geranium essential oil originates from France.
How is geranium essential oil extracted?
Geranium oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with geranium oil?
Geranium oil blends well with basil, bergamot, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lime, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary sandalwood and vetivert.
How can I benefit from geranium essential oil?
Not only is geranium a popular house plant, geranium essential oil has been used for conditions such as dysentery, urinary infections and haemorrhoids as it reduces inflammation and can stop bleeding.
It has good detoxifying properties too so it can be helpful for those with cellulite deposits and for eliminating toxins.
Geranium is a good balancing oil, it has mood uplifting properties if used in large amounts and is also known for it’s relaxing effects if used in small amounts.
It is useful for women with menopausal issues and premenstrual tension. It is also known to be a very aromatic insect repellent.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Should not be used during pregnancy as it regulates female hormones. It may irritate sensitive skin.